Tianjin Port, July 2009. How can I ever forget the modest city of Tianjin, the first stop of my great Chinese road trip in 2009? Tianjin isn’t the most exciting place in China, but it did provide a gentle, hassle-free start to an amazing four-week adventure. This photo was taken on our first day as we wandered aimlessly around the pretty port. In fact, I think it may have been the first time I was stopped by Chinese tourists and asked if they could have their photo taken with me. Little did I know it, but the novelty would rapidly wear off.